Friday, September 30, 2011

Inspiration Friday

Monsieur Under the Rain Print by blancucha

100 Little Heart Punches by VeraPaperLab

The Girl Art Print by EinBierBitte

Cat Pals Crochet Toy Pillow Set by zolayka

Vintage Braided Chair Pad by klinker

From here

Happy Friday! 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Weekend Wrap Up.

This is a late weekend wrap up..but my weekend only *technically* ended this morning when I left my family and travelled back to Newcastle. I am on a mid semester recess for two weeks so I had an extended weekend with the family.

We had a 'working bee' at my sister's house to paint some of her rooms. I didn't get too many photos because I was helping paint (duh). But here is another GIF of my dad painting one of the walls. 

I also hit up my favourite op shop and walked away with more than I was expecting. A whole heap of new pretty fabrics, two patterns, a quilting book, handbag handles and a very pretty new jar. 

Other things that happened on the weekend included learning to make jam in the microwave with Mum, playing with Dudley and the kittens, and showing my new tattoos to my parents (eek!) 

The next few days are going to be very busy, busy! I am reopening the shop today and I have HEAPS of new things planned and cut out ready for me to sew. 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

DIY: Pretty Window Decorator

I am currently away for the weekend, visiting the family up north again. The Weekend Wrap Up post will return mid when we I get back home. For now, enjoy this cute DIY post! 

I have a confession: I love peace cranes/paper cranes/whatever else you want to call them. Awhile ago I made a paper crane 'mobile' that hung from my non existent curtain rods in my studio. Lately, because of the warming up weather, the windows have been open and my mobile has been getting tangled with the cord (see next photo). I didn't want to throw away my mobile, and so I decided to remake it into something that wouldn't get tangled and would look cute! 

Supplies needed: Paper cranes, needle and thread, twine, scissors. 


I chose to use a length of twine to hang my cranes off to match in with my other twine strip that I hang notes and photos on. The twine could be replaced with yarn, thicker thread or most other stringy things that can take a small amount of weight. Measure the twine on the window you are going to decorate before cutting it. 

Take your needle and thread and poke a hole from underneath, so it pops out at the top of the cranes back (middle ridge?). Make sure to knot the thread first, this will hold the crane in place. Then simply tie the crane into a desired position along the twine! 

Now enjoy your pretty window decorator swinging in the breeze!

Don't like paper cranes? How about substituting hearts or leaves? Using felt or patterned material? The possibilities are endless! 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Inspiration Friday.

Sewing Machine Earrings by ChristineDomanic

Sewing Machine Art Print by ParadaCreations

Keep Calm and Sew On by KeepCalmShop

Retro Sewing Machine Wall Decal by VinylWallAccents

Vinyl Lettering Decal by VinylLettering

How fitting.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Separation Anxiety.

(This isn't my machine! But I do wish it was. Image found here and here)

To be honest, I really didn’t know how I would go without my sewing machine. But it’s funny how you can find a gazillion things that need to be done. Most of the times though there is another gazillion things that just need a little bit here sewn, or this bit fixed up that you can’t work on. So that’s a bit frustrating.

Right after my machine left I said to Grant. “I don’t know what to do…all I want to do is sew!” He responded with “that’s because all you do is sew.” * So it’s no wonder I feel lost without my sewing machine. **

Surprisingly though I have managed to keep busy. Cutting out another dress trying to refine the pattern, photographing long overdue new bags, starting my Christmas shopping, working on another DIY post and working on my first quilt. I don’t think it’s been bad so far, but I definitely wouldn’t wish to be without my machine for more than I need!

*I actually do other things too. Like taking photos, thinking of things I can sew and other boring housework-y things.

**It’s not the end of the world. There are worst things. So I keep telling myself. 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Weekend Wrap Up.


Gosh, it’s already Monday afternoon and I haven’t done a weekend update yet! I’ve spent today hurriedly sewing all that I could, because my sewing machine went for a service this afternoon, and isn’t expected back until the weekend at the earliest! Gah, what am I going to do without a sewing machine for 5 days?!

As the photos above show, I spent the majority of the weekend sewing (not much surprise there.) My motivation was high, and so I tried to cram as much work in as I could. Luckily I did because I woke up Sunday sick and spent the day napping. I didn't get anything done of my list, but that's okay. Having a sick day yesterday has pushed back my blogging plans a day or two, not to worry!

The seasons have definitely changed here, a warm breeze has replaced the chilly nights and the windows are all the way open right now. It's shaping up to be a nice spring now.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Inspiration Friday

Brown Suede T-Strap Heels by putonthatdress

Coffee Muggers Set by autumnalways 

Doris Deer & Friends by yaymeeralee

Cathedral Windows Sugar Pop Cushion by warmnfuzzies

Mister Fox Print nativevermont

Spot of Tea Stamp Set by norajane

Happy Friday! 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Something New.

At last, I hung the Cuckoo clock on the wall a few days ago. It was a gift for my birthday (in June, eep!) that I've finally got around to doing something with it. It tick-tocks quite loud, but it doesn’t cuckoo every hour (like my sister’s one does). Thank God, otherwise Grant would have taken it down by now! 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Restyling the Studio.


(I'll just pretend that you can't see the mess)

In progress:


I changed up the workspace today, shuffled my desk around and tidied at few sections up. I'm really liking it right now, I can just stare out the window without having to change positions! I also think its much more tidy and less cramped now.

There is still some areas that need work, and things that I have on my studio wishlist (hello, cutting table!) but for the moment this change is nice! 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Weekend Wrap Up.

A weekend spent: fabric shopping, lots and lots of Everyday Mae work, listing new bags (one that's already sold, yay!) hanging out with friends, snuggling with Ned in the sun, watching Ned sleep in funny ways, working on my first quilt and preparing for the week ahead. This was a good weekend.